Centennial Celebration Wrapup
Over 500 alumni, family members and guests enjoyed celebrating 100 years of Concordia’s success. Click on a thumbnail below to view the photo gallery from various events throughout the weekend.
Friday, June 24
Centennial Golf Challenge
The weather was perfect; the competition fierce. On the brilliant course, each team was on its own trying to lay claim as the Champions in this scramble format golf tournament. In the end, only one group would take first place and it happened to be the team of Golf Challenge organizer, Mike Madison. (hmmm )
Monkey see, monkey do? These folks who visited the Oregon Zoo saw plenty of animal antics and tricks, while catching up with loved ones and old friends.
The Alumni Reunion was a night of fond memories and warm friendship. Groups mingled over light snacks and beverages, students updated former professors, and a slide show encapsulated 100 years of Concordias history. As the evening went on, more and more people came and many stayed into the wee hours of the morning reliving old times and sharing new stories.
Saturday, June 25
The Memory Walk in the Library
The staff of the Concordia University Library put together a Walk Through the Decades complete with photos and memorabilia from each decade of our 100-year history. In addition, they featured books and publications by CU alumni as well as CU faculty and staff.
Service of Thanksgiving and Remembrance
The Service of Thanksgiving and Remembrance was a time for us to honor and remember many people who touched our lived through their Concordia experience. Warm memories and beautiful stories illustrated the lives of those who have passed on.
While the adults were off rehashing memories with old friends, their children were busy making new friends at Kids Camp. They took turns doing arts & crafts, playing sports and theatre games, and competing in a Scavenger Hunt all which left them happy but tired at the end of the day.
The College of Education, the College of Theology, Arts & Sciences, and the School of Management took over the sunny center of campus for reunion receptions. The Deans of each College welcomed former students and their families, who came together to share what has been happening in their lives since they graduated from Concordia.
Alumni of Distinction Awards & Athletic Hall of Fame Induction
Concordia University honored five Concordia graduates with Alumni of Distinction awards:
- Dr. Allen Nauss
- Congressman David Reichert
- Dr. Carl Moser
- Dr. Olaf Nordling
- Sue Frymark
The Concordia Guild was also honored for its efforts.
Then, three athletes and three coaches were inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame:
- Alphonso Niles
- Lennie Quashie
- Sarah Sowers
- Dr. Dwaine Brandt
- Dr. Charles Kunert
- Dr. Art Wahlers
A Legacy of Faith, A Barometer for the Future
The Saturday evening program began with a barbeque-style dinner under a tent on the Athletic Field.
Immediately following, the Reverend Dr. Warren Schumacher, president of the Northwest District of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, and the Reverend Dr. Gerald B. Kieschnick, president of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, gave presentations highlighting the rich history of Concordia University and its partnership with the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.
Afterwards, a dessert reception was hosted by the Concordia University Foundation back under the tent.
Sunday, June 26
Centennial Worship Service
Over 500 people attended this special worship service, which included choir performances by a special Alumni Choir. After a welcome by Dr. Schumacher, the Reverend Dr. Kieschnick offered the service message. Dr. Kieschnick stayed to talk with congregation members after the service.